Thursday, September 11, 2014

Andy Bey Pages From An Imaginary Life HighNote 2014

 
An extraordinarily gifted vocalist with the soul of a poet.
 
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
 
Solo. Playing and singing the songs that Andy Bey chooses finds Pages From An Imaginary Life as an intimate self portrait of a vocal artist. Bey digs deep and takes forgotten gems for a new round of melodic discovery. Tunes are deconstructed and reassembled his way with an organic feel that allows the listener to join this extremely talented vocalist on a very special harmonic journey. Songs are reborn with a personal interpretation of both style and elegance that embraces the notion of less is more. Simplicity is indeed the ultimate in sophistication.
 
Highlights are numerous including an intense yet dialed down version of "I've Got A Right To Sing The Blues" which pairs nicely with the classic "Love For Sale" which unlike other male singers, Bey's interpretation is in first person. Rare gems such as the Billy Eckstein classic "Everything I Have Is Yours" take flight while original compositions such as "Bad Luck May Be Good Luck" have an amazing sincerity with heartfelt lyrics easily relatable to a wide audience.
 
Andy Bey is an American original, a story teller of great depth and amazing clarity. His vocals and piano style simple enhance the ethereal flavor of an artist that doesn't just sing the words, he makes the music.
Stellar!
 
 
Tracks: Page 1 - My Foolish Heart; How Long Has This Been Going On?: Jealousy; I've Got A Right To Sing The Blues. Page 2 - Love For Sale; Worried Life Blues; Bad Luck May Be Good Luck; Lover Come Back To Me. Page 3 - Good Morning Heartache; Dog Eat Dog; Humor Keeps Us Alive; Take The "A" Train. Page 4 - Everything I Have Is Yours; All That Glitter's Not Gold; All Roads Lead Back To You.